Gov UK +1
Frankly my take is that gov.uk is a vast improvement fundamentally.
1. It was thought out and designed
2. It can vastly simplify access to government services
3. It has helped reduce the number junk gov dept websites
4. It enables UK Gov to centralise competent staff to benefit all departments
Gov.uk and data.gov.uk are a fundamental step in the right direction...and if anything this smells like a power struggle.
As a UK tax payer, I don't appreciate paying for a hairdresser turned webmaster in every department to make yet another junk website.